UCL East: Marshgate

A collaborative campus that champions multidisciplinary research

Part of the first phase of UCL’s new East campus, Marshgate is setting new standards for game changing research and innovative learning.

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UCL East: Marshgate Project summary



Key partners

Sheppard Robson, Dornan Engineering Services Limited, AKT II, Stanton Williams

Services provided

Construction management




UK - London and south-east England

Project timeline


Project story

UCL’s vibrant new campus, which stands in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, pays homage to London’s greatest cultural and creative neighbouring institutions. With 34,000sqm of space comprising ground-breaking learning facilities, it’s a hub of creativity that unites multidisciplinary research.

The building creates a key interface with the wider Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park community. Its publicly accessible lower floors feature a curated programme of art and activities, including works by local artists, and landscaped outdoor settings providing a newly animated and accessible public realm.

Mace was appointed on the project in 2018 to support the client’s bold ambitions to deliver UCL’s single largest building to date as a ‘living lab’, centred around problem-solving and collaboration. Focused on promoting green outcomes and environmental consciousness in the delivery, through design, construction and on-site operation, the project team supported clean energy by keeping running costs and energy consumption to a minimum, and ensuring technologies on-site were economically viable while minimising health and safety risks.

Functioning as a high-performing building, Marshgate features key sustainable elements, from rainwater harvesting and underground cycle storage, to low energy LED lighting and highly efficient mechanical ventilation. The installation of heating and cooling technology retains energy and optimise indoor air quality in a bid to support health and wellbeing. 

Project Stats

34,000sqm of academic and research space
17.3+ cubic metres of timber waste saved
1,200tonnes of carbon savings

Points of Note

Green light for green tech

Our joint carbon reduction plan with UCL was structured around five main objectives, including water, energy, waste, embodied carbon and business travel. As a result, the site is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Throughout the entire development of UCL East Marshgate, we made it a key focus to consider the economic impact on the surrounding area, reducing noise and waste wherever possible and utilising Datascope to track mileage and carbon emissions from transport of all site deliveries. We installed clean tech and eliminated diesel generators on site, replacing them with electric and hybrid machinery.

Simultaneously driving forward our net zero carbon ambitions and health and safety initiative, we installed 6 solar powered tower lights and trialled 100% renewably powered electric hand tools, eliminating hazardous trailing cords on site and cutting Carbon emissions by over 700kg a year.


Digitally connected teams

Advanced technologies were employed throughout the project, including the use of 3D digital modelling tool, BIM, which was been integrated across many platforms to monitor each stage of the design and construction process. Replacing pen and paper designs, BIM data was been streamed through interactive project management walls (Hoylu) to aid seamless collaboration in real-time, enabling teams to plan and design together while sharing live updates.

We also installed a virtual reality solution in the form of an immersive cave (FULmax), allowing teams to collectively plan and interact with graphical BIM information. 

Promoting Circular Economy

Partnering with the UCL Plastics Waste Innovation Hub, we collaborated with our supply chain to reduce single-use plastic waste, using fully reusable and re-locatable modular hoarding panels, recognised by LLDC as the new standard for all hoarding across the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In turn, this saved over 17.3m3 of timber waste from being generated and as the entire system was fully demountable and reusable, it resulted in zero waste by the project’s completion. We collaborated with Community Wood who collected waste timber from the site and used it to train up locally unemployed people with carpentry skills, while reusing the material to produce new products. This prevented timber entering the waste stream and helped support people back into work.